On This Day, August 3 in Music History


On this day August 3 in 1961 – Richard Graham Starstedt also known professionally as Eden Kane topped the UK singles chart with ‘Well I Ask You’.

1963 – Soul vocal group The Tymes scored their first number one single on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart with ‘So Much in Love’.

1963 – After playing nearly 300 shows at the venue, The Beatles appeared for the last time at the famous Cavern Club in their hometown of Liverpool.

1968 – The Doors started a two-week run at number one in the United States with ‘Hello, I Love You’ on this day August 3 in music history. Also a chart-topper in Canada that year.

1969 – Creedence Clearwater Revival released their third studio album ‘Green River’ through Fantasy Records. It became their first chart-topper in the US.

1973 – Stevie Wonder released his sixteenth studio album ‘Innervisions’ through Tamla Records. The album went to No.1 on two charts in America and earned him two Grammy Awards.

1979 – Rock band Talking Heads released their third studio album ‘Fear of Music’ through Sire Records on this day August 3.

1985 – Pop rock band Tears for Fears started a three-week run at No.1 in the US with ‘Shout’. The single also topped the charts in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and Switzerland.

1985 – With ‘Into the Groove’Madonna went to number one on the UK Singles chart. The song also topped the charts in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and the US.

1985 – Rock band Dire Straits went to No.1 in the UK with their fifth studio album ‘Brothers in Arms’. The album topped every chart it entered (14 in total) and it earned the band two Grammy Awards.

1987 – Hard rock band Def Leppard released their fourth studio album ‘Hysteria’ on this day August 3 through Mercury Records. It became the band’s best-selling albums to date with over 20 million copies sold worldwide. The album topped the charts in Australia, Norway, New Zealand, the UK, and the US.

1996 – Latin pop duo Los Del Rio started a fourteen-week stint at No.1 on the US Singles chart with ‘Macarena’ on this day August 3 in music history. The song was a big international hit and it topped fourteen charts worldwide.

Los Del Rio – Macarena

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2002 – The Dave Matthews Band went to No.1 on the US Billboard 200 chart with their fifth studio album ‘Busted Stuff’. The album also reached number one in Canada.

2006 – American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Arthur Lee died at the age of 61. Best remembered as the leader of the rock band Love.

2010 – American R&B and soul music singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Robert “Bobby” Hebb died at the age of 72. Best remembered for his hit single ‘Sunny’.

2013 – English singer Jahmene Douglas went to number one in the UK with his debut studio album ‘Love Never Fails’ on this day August 3.

2017 – Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee topped the UK singles chart with ‘Despacito’. The song was a massive worldwide hit and it went to number one in 47 countries.

2017 – Lana Del Rey topped the UK Albums chart with ‘Lust for Life’ on this day August 3 in music history. The album also reached No.1 in Australia, Canada, Croatia, Mexico, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the US.

2019 – French music producer and songwriter Henri Belolo died at the age of 82. Best remembered as the co-founder of the popular music groups The Ritchie Family and the Village People.


1920 – American jazz trumpeter, arranger, and composer Charlie Shavers was born on this day August 3 in New York City. Best known for composing the jazz standard ‘Undecided’.

1926 – American singer Anthony Benedetto also known professionally as Tony Bennett was born in New York City on this day August 3 in music history.

1939 – English drummer James “Jimmie” Nicol was born in London. Best known for temporary replacing Ringo Starr in the Beatles during their world tour in 1964.

1946 – American bassist and guitarist John York Foley was born on this day August 3 in White Plains, New York. He rose to fame as a member of the rock band The Byrds.

1953 – Scottish multi-instrumentalist Ian Bairnson was born on this day in Lerwick, Scotland.  Best known as a member of the rock band The Alan Parsons Project.

1953 – Four-time Grammy Award-winning producer, songwriter, and guitarist Randy Scruggs was born in Nashville, Tennessee.

1956 – Singer and guitarist Kirk Brandon was born in London, England on this day August 3 in music history. Best known as the frontman of the bands Spear of Destiny and Theatre of Hate.

1959 – British drummer and session musician Martin Atkins was born in Coventry, England. Best known for his work with bands such as Nine Inch Nails, Public Image Ltd, Ministry, Pigface, etc.

1961 – American musician Leon Drucker also known professionally as Lee Rocker was born on Long Island, New York. He rose to fame as a member of the band Stray Cats.

1963 – Co-founder and frontman of the heavy metal band MetallicaJames Hetfield was born in Downey, California on this day August 3 in music history.

1963 – Founder and frontman of the rock band Collective SoulEdgar “Ed” Roland was born on this day in Stockbridge, Georgia.

1967 – British singer, songwriter, and DJ Deborah Anne Dyer also known as Skin was born in London, England. She rose to fame as the lead vocalist of the rock band Skunk Anansie.

1970 – Co-founder and lead guitarist of the alternative metal band DeftonesStephen Carpenter was born on this day August 3 in Sacramento, California.

1971 – American DJ, rapper, and producer Deidra Muriel Roper also known professionally as DJ Spinderella was born in New York City. Best known as a member of the hip hop group Salt-N-Pepa.

1985 – Founding member of the girl group DreamHolly Blake Arnstein was born in Los Angeles, California on this day August 3 in music history.

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